Developing a Strong Foundation

Did you know that the intimate apparel market is a 30 billion (yes, billion) dollar business? From bras to hosiery to socks, intimate apparel has been a steadily growing sector of the fashion industry. Often when established designers advise emerging designers, their words of wisdom include “find your niche” or “become very good at one thing first before you grow to quickly.” Well, whether you are interested in creating custom bras or one day adding a lingere segment to your mega brand, we have a really exciting video for you. Introducing Draping a Bra.

Our newest video is packed with information from choosing the correct fabric to drape with to creating style lines for your bra on your dress form. You will learn how to drape each section of the bra in addition to tips on grain line and stretch – two factors that can “make or break” a good fit.

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Once you’ve draped all of the sections, you will learn how to pattern the bra using the correct seam allowances. We’ll teach you how to plan the bra straps, the back closure, the underwire and the underwire channeling.

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As with all University of Fashion videos, we want to provide you with the basics, so that your imagination and design talents can then run wild. Notice the header images from the La Perla spring/summer haute couture collection – we are certain that before all of the gorgeous embellishment, comes a strong foundation. That is our philosophy at the University of Fashion – provide you with a strong foundation to build upon as you develop your unique design aesthetic.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.